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Introducing BRE’s Home Quality Mark for new homes

Following an extensive consultation with leading players in the house building industry, BRE’s national quality mark for new housing – the Home Quality Mark - is now open for registrations.

December 26, 2015

We’re celebrating the launch of BRE’s Home Quality Mark for new housing.

Designed to transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent, the full standard for meeting the mark is now available online.

Using a simple star rating system, the Home Quality Mark (HQM) will provide more reassurance to consumers about the performance and quality of both the living space and community.

It will help local communities understand which proposed developments are a force for good and provide the financial sector with greater reassurances over investments.

Developers can now register for a HQM assessment registration in England (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow).  Licensed HQM assessors can be found on www.greenbooklive.com


Paula Higgins, CEO, Home Owners Alliance: ‘Home Owners Alliance welcomes the launch of BRE’s Home Quality Mark, the purchase of a home is peoples’ biggest financial commitment. Independent, verified information provides consumers with reassurance that they are making the right choice. We look forward to working with the HQM team further in the new year.’

Charlie Luxton, Architectural Designer and TV presenter: ‘The general public want high quality sustainable homes – but it is difficult to always understand what this means. The Home Quality Mark seeks to create a clear framework to help them learn more about their prospective new home and that can only be a good thing.’

Hugh Taylor, Head of Housing, Corporate Banking HSBC: ‘We welcome the launch of the Home Quality Mark as independent, third party verification of the quality of new homes provides both property purchasers and funders with support in their decision making. BRE have a wealth of experience in looking at build design and use and we wish them well in establishing the Home Quality Mark as a national standard.’

Alan Brown, CEO, Cala Homes: ‘Independent benchmarking of new homes is hugely important. For CALA, it provides third party recognition of our commitment to consistently build high quality, sustainable homes. For homeowners, it offers a simple and reliable measure of the energy performance of the property they are buying. We look forward to working with BRE on the new Home Quality Mark.’

Oliver Heath, TV presenter and Designer: ‘I have been working for years to raise the benefits of healthy homes to the general public, it is great to see BRE’s Home Quality Mark helping to provide further information around the positive impact that homes can make on our health and wellbeing.’

Leading building science centre Home Quality Mark Standard is available at www.homequalitymark.com/standard



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